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essential part of His nature. His whole   first thing is that God’s goodness leads us
        being is good and nothing bad, wicked   to repentance. How good of God to see
        or evil can tarnish Him. It is just natural   ruined sinners and want them to be good
        that God is good. His goodness is infinite,   like Him. His goodness does not become
        as is every other character trait in God.   defiled by reaching out to a sinner. In fact,
        God has no weak points and no strong   upon salvation His goodness becomes
        points. When Paul lists goodness with   part of the believer because of the divine
        forbearance and long-suffering in Romans   nature. God then gives us the capability
        2:4, they are exactly, infinitely the same in   of a good conscience, good works, good
        moral value. When he contrasts goodness   fruits, and many good things.
        and severity, both are 100% true without   The conduit of God’s goodness is now
        one taking anything from or contradicting   through human channels. Galatians 5:22
        the other (Rom 11:22). God’s goodness,   includes goodness as part of the fruit of
        like any other attribute, is absolute, which   the Spirit. In Ephesians 5:9, the apostle
        means it has no weakness or change in it.    Paul gives us another set of triplets as
          The  creation of God is good. As we   he indicates to us the fruit of the Spirit
        read through the first chapter of Genesis,   is in all goodness, righteousness and
        it is remarkable to notice that the word   truth. God wants to show His goodness
        “good” is used seven times. The light,   to humankind and He is doing it by the
        the dry land, the sea and the creatures are   fruit of the Spirit in the believer. “Good”
        all described as “good.” Finally, Genesis   is the word the Scriptures use to describe
        1:31 says, “every thing that he had made   the will of God for a believer, the activity
        … was very good.” The goodness of God   of a homemaker, the conversation of the
        became evident right at the beginning of   Christian, the fidelity of a servant, the
        the world. It is hard to imagine a world   work of an elder, and many other things
        that only had good in it – there was no fear   related to the life of a Christian.
        of something bad happening; there was no    If God is good, why is there so much
        dread of danger lurking somewhere. The   evil in the world? Let us be clear that
        entire universe was good and everything   evil did not come from God. While it is
        about it was satisfying to the human heart.   true that He allowed evil to happen in
        Every thought, and every word, and every   the world, He did not make it. Evil came
        deed was nothing but good!            when man chose evil against the goodness
          We must consider the contrast between   of God. To this very day the words of the
        good and evil. The knowledge of good   psalmist ring true: “Depart from evil,
        and evil came by way of the Evil One   and do good” (34:14). There are times
        convincing Eve to choose what was not   when bad things happen to good people.
        good. God made man so that by his own   In good times or in bad times, in trials or
        free will he would choose good and not   triumphs, in temptations or toil, God is
        evil. It means that man would be satisfied   always good. May the Lord help us to live
        with the choice he made and not need to   life seeing that God is good.
        repent of a wrong (evil) choice.            “How good is the God we adore,
          The conduct of God is good. There are    Our faithful, unchangeable Friend,
        several things that God’s goodness does   Whose love is as great as His power
        for us, according to the Scriptures. The   And knows neither measure nor end.”

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